AKIRA keeps on giving

Tomorrow (12/2), AKIRA (1814 W. Chicago) will host its second philanthropic event of the holiday season. During the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, 15 percent of purchases will benefit the Lyric Opera House. The evening will feature complimentary cocktails and a silent auction from 6-9pm. 


Starbucks and World AIDS Day


In recognition of World AIDS Day, Starbucks will be donating 5 cents from every drink purchased today to the Global Fund to invest in AIDS programs in Africa. If you don’t have the opportunity to get to Starbucks today, you can still give back with the purchase of a (STARBUCKS)RED EXCLUSIVE beverage – Peppermint Mocha Twist, Gingersnap Latte and Espresso Truffle until January 2. 

So, if you can still afford $4 coffees, make it count for something good! 

P.S. I’m shocked that Starbucks is only donating a nickel/per drink…I’ll be interested in seeing how much money will be raised at the end of this initiative!


Black Sunday at AKIRA!

Our favorite Chicago boutique (okay…mine) is at it again! On Sunday, 11/30, AKIRA Women (1814 W. North Avenue) will host its Black Sunday event from 7-9p. Shoppers will be treated to a hosted bar, a live DJ, AND 10% off merchandise!

Partial proceeds from Sunday’s event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Whoo hoo! Head on over and get some good party dresses for the holiday season! 

My friend, Shana, and I were JUST talking about responsible shopping, and AKIRA is seriously testing my willpower. Sigh…I don’t know what to do. Especially since I’m still searching for my perfect nonprofit job (I’ll update you all on that one later)!

Anyways, I’m stuck…but I’m going on Sunday. Just to look though!


Give and Get at CB2

Are you starting your Christmas shopping early? Or are you in the market for some new home decor? Whatever your motive may be, the Associate Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is hoping that you will come out to CB2 (800 W. North Ave) to browse the selection and make some purchases (of course)! The JDRF is hosting the “Give and Get Holiday Shopping Spree” this Thursday from 7-9p. 

Tickets are $50, and your support will net you a $25 CB2 gift card (which can be used at the event), cocktails, appetizers, and a free gift! CB2 will also donate a portion of sales during the event to the JDRF. To purchase tickets, call (312) 670-0313 or email Christine at cpotempa@jdrf.org.

So, go brave the cold and get your house (or someone else’s) some fab items. The holidays are around the corner, and I’m sure that some of you have some entertaining to do! 

Need some inspiration? Check out some of these items from the CB2 website!


CB2 Rug


Shoe Drive at Hubba Hubba Chicago

Now, that the seasons have officially changed, it’s time for us to reevaluate our closets and determine what items stay and what items must go! I know that I am notorious for keeping old shoes around thinking that one day I will be motivated to put them on and wear them with ONE outfit. Most of the time, that never happens. So, Hubba Hubba’s shoe drive is so very timely!

If you bring in a pair of gently worn shoes to Hubba Hubba (3309 N. Clark), they will donate them to Soles4Souls, an organization which provides shoes to those in need. In exchange for your goodwill, Hubba Hubba will give you 25% off any item in the store! Whoo Hoo! The great programs lasts from today through November 30th!


I’m Back!

Over the past 5 days, I’ve taken a much-needed break from life and my responsibilities. I very rarely have the chance to do absolutely nothing so I jumped at the opportunity. But, now I am back and ready to dig back into all my blogging duties. Let’s start the show…

"Filantropía" during Chicago Latino Fashion Week

Chicago’s 2nd Annual Chicago Latino Fashion Week kicked off last night with a bang at Religion nightclub! The weeklong event will feature fashion shows by some of the rising and established Chicago designers, as well as national and international Latino designers, educational seminars, retail trunk shows, celebrity appearances and VIP parties at some of Chicago’

s hottest spots.

There are two events this week which will raise funds for charitable organizations:

  • The San Juan Fashion Group Show. Some of the most recognized fashion designers from Puerto Rico will show their designs on Thursday, October 30 at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts (777 N. Green Street). Featured designers will include Felix Poll, Lilliam Landron and Tommie Hernandez. There is a cocktail reception by Diageo from 6-7:30p followed by the show at 7:45p. Tickets cost $40 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MANA of Illinois, an organization whose mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy.


  • The “El Fin” Finale Show. Chicago Latino designers will debut their Spring 2009 collections and couture design inspired by their favorite Hollywood screen icons on Sunday, November 2 at the Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place). Guests will have the opportunity to shop the vendor showcase from 11a until the fashion show begins at 1p. Featured designers include James de Colón, Orlando Espinoza, Anna Fong, Elda de la Rosa, and Horacio Nieto. Confirmed celebrity guests include actress and icon Rita Moreno, actor Freddy Rodriguez, and ANTM winner Jaslene Gonzalez. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and the 25th Anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. The VIP After-Party will be Macy’s (111 N. State St) from 4–6p. Tickets are $75 (show only) and $100 (show and VIP After-Party).

     Rita Moreno on cover of LIFE               Freddy Rodriguez               Jaslene on cover of Latina

    Rita Moreno (1954)             Freddy Rodriguez                Jaslene Gonzalez


For event and ticket information, please visit chicagolatinofashion.com!


UPDATE: For pics from the week’s events, click here to visit LatinSocialEvents.com!

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